22 April 2010 – the holiday begins

Another team night out

Another team night out

Ten hours felt like ten weeks today. I thought eight o’clock was never going to come. When it did, instead of going home to start my holiday I went off with the team for drinks. Actually, there was food in there too but we’ll gloss over that bit because it wasn’t good. So much for watching my diet carefully in the week before Turkey. Continue reading

21 April 2010 – I love the sight of vapour trails in the morning

I love the sight of vapour trails in the morning

I love the sight of vapour trails in the morning

Walking across the Big Bridge this morning I saw a vapour trail crossing the sky. What a wonderful sight! It’s strange, I’ve got used to looking up into a clear blue sky since the flights have been grounded. Once, before the Wright brothers first flight, the sky must always have been like that. Usually the sky is criss crossed with white trails and we don’t pay them the slightest attention. Who’d have thought I’d be so happy to see one? Continue reading

20 April 2010 – airports open!

Hoping this doesn't happen again

Hoping this doesn’t happen again

My car documents arrived today. They seem to have taken forever. Now I can tax and insure it. After that I will be able to drive it. That is a very scary thought. I haven’t had a lesson since I started at the Mad House. Mike is not working any more and I haven’t got round. To finding another instructor. Part of me is scared at the thought of it. Fitting in driving lessons seems quite a task too, working the hours I do. Still, one thing at a time eh? Continue reading

19 April 2010 – goodbye Amy!

The war zone

Just another normal day in the war zone

Just three more days to get through and I’m on holiday! Yay! Although we aren’t flying out to Turkey until May 1 (if there are any flights that is) I have next week off so I can pack and prepare. It will also be a last chance workout week for me. I’m planning to do lots of exercise and watch my diet carefully in an effort to lose whatever I can before I brave the beach. There was a two pound loss this week, a result of a very good food week. All temptations were resisted, lots of exercise was done. Every single day I walked to work, did my pump it up and some evening exercise too. It shows it can be done but it may be a case of too little too late. I may be officially the lightest I’ve been for as long as I can remember but I’m still a way off being a healthy weight for my height, more than a stone away. See, if I’d just controlled myself over Christmas I’d be there right now! Grr, why am I so easily tempted? Continue reading

17 April 2010 – blue skies and no planes

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Today is a rest day. Yesterday I went for a walk along the river, went up the Big Hill for the food shopping, lugged it all back home again and cooked food for the week. The trouble with working the late shift is I’m not at home when Commando needs to eat, in fact he’s long gone by the time I get in and I end up having to microwave my dinner and eat alone like a saddo. These days I mostly double up when I’m cooking so I can freeze one portion for another day, that way I don’t have to spend the whole weekend in the kitchen cooking four extra meals. It’s harder now the weather’s warmer though, we don’t want to eat stews and chillies in summer and they’re the easiest things to freeze. Still I’d rather have the sunshine than an easy time in the kitchen. Continue reading

15 April 2010 – ash cloud blues

Ash cloud

Ash cloud

Yesterday when I saw the news item about some unpronounceable volcano in Iceland erupting I didn’t take much notice. Tonight though, the news is full of it. Apparently it has thrown up a huge ash cloud and more or less all UK flights have been cancelled. Commando is very fond of watching Air Crash Investigation and I remember an episode where a plane flew through a ash cloud with disastrous results. They saw strange lights, like St Elmo’s fire and there was weird sulphurous smoke in the cabin. Then the engines failed. Thankfully the plane managed to land safely but it was touch and go and the ash had almost stripped the paint off the outside. Continue reading

12 April 2010 – weigh in regrets

An extra stone makes a big difference

An extra stone makes a big difference

Another pound off this morning and I’m getting close to my lowest weight ever. Even so, I can’t help thinking that, if I’d eaten better over Christmas, I could be so much lighter now. More than a stone lighter to be exact. Imagine that, I’d be ten stone something now! I don’t think I’ve been ten stone something since I had Philo. Continue reading

10 April 2010 – a clothes breakthrough

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This morning I got some shorts out that were too small for me last summer. I didn’t expect them to fit but I wanted to see if they were any closer to fitting. Last summer I could hardly pull them up over my thighs, today, not only did I pull them up but they zipped up and fit perfectly too. I wore them all day feeling very proud of myself. The funny thing is I didn’t weigh much less last summer than I do now. Maybe all the walking and exercise has toned my muscles up. Continue reading